A police officer who had been working on the force for three decades was killed while on duty in a car accident. The initial reports were that his injuries in the crash were not going to be life-threatening, though they were serious, but his condition got worse at the hospital, and he did pass away. At this time, however, a specific cause of death has not yet been released.
The accident occurred when the officer received a call from another unit about a domestic dispute. He then began driving in that direction, planning to assist on the call when he arrived. He attempted to make a left-hand turn on his route, going across traffic in the opposite lane, but a car that was coming toward him in that lane struck his squad car.
The other driver has not been charged with anything in the fatal car accident in Illinois, so it appears that he did not break any traffic laws or cause the accident. The police car simply turned in front of him, and there was not enough time for it to cross fully over the lane.
After his passing, the police officers followed the ambulance that was transporting his body, giving him a final processional and honoring his memory and his impact on the force. He was a training officer, so he was responsible for working with all of the newest recruits and helping them through the training process.
The families of those who are injured or killed may be able to seek compensation if the death is determined to be a wrongful death or if traffic laws were broken, leading to the accident. They will need to determine exactly what caused the accident and who was at fault in order to decide if these types of payments are necessary.
Source: NBC Chicago, "On-Duty Oak Forest Officer Dies After Crash" No author given, Mar. 18, 2014